Is Amnesty Back In the McCain Plan?

by Michael Illions | May 4, 2008 10:16 am

Progressive Columnist from the Miami-Herald was “disappointed” to learn during an interview with McCain, that a path to citizenship for the 12million illegals[1], (actually it’s closer to 20million), is only 3rd in a 3 part plan, my question is why is in the plan at all?:

When I interviewed likely Republican candidate Sen. John McCain last week, I was left with the distinct impression that he is moving steadily backward from his once progressive stand on immigration.

In a 15-minute telephone interview during his April 28 visit to Florida, I asked McCain whether, if elected, he would launch a new immigration reform plan providing for an earned path to legalization to many of the 12 million undocumented workers who could prove they have paid taxes and would be willing to learn English.

McCain indicated he would propose that only at the end of a three-step process.

”I would first of all make sure that our borders are secure,” he said. “That’s the lesson that we got from this last campaign, that Americans want secure borders. We can do that in a relatively short period of time.”

”I would have the border state governors certify that the borders are secure, and then I would move on with a temporary worker program that has biometric, tamper-proof documents,” McCain went on. “And then, I would address the issue of the 12 million people who are in this country illegally.”

Did John McCain say that the borders could be secured “in a relatively short period of time”? What is he basing that on? We have had 2 years on inactivity on a PASSED bill that called for the building of double barrier fencing this month. And only 12 miles of 700+ has actually been done.

And why is this number still 12million? It has been years since this number has been cited, even if that number was correct then, which I don’t think it was, it has to be higher now, regardless.

Can John McCain be trusted to follow through with the Secure Fence Act of 2006 an his own proposal to secure the borders or can we expect him to go right back to his McCain-Kennedy legislation and push comprehensive immigration reform amnesty to the illegal immigrants here?

  1. that a path to citizenship for the 12million illegals:

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